Friday, December 12, 2014

BPA causes high blood pressure

This is only marginally related to diabetes, but because diabetics are thought to have a high risk of heart attack and are often put on medication for conditions like high blood pressure, I thought it was worth mentioning.

BPA in Cans and Plastic Bottles Linked to Quick Rise in Blood Pressure

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More on wellness plans

The other day I wrote about employer wellness plans crossing the fine line between voluntary and forced.  Today NPR had another article on these wellness plans:

Wellness At Work Often Comes With Strings Attached

This seems to be mostly more of the same.  Any wellness program at all is a slippery slope, because a financial incentive if you do the screening looks just a financial penalty if you don't, when viewed from the other side.

But there was one thing in particular that I thought worthy of noting on my diabetes blog...

Monday, December 8, 2014

The costs of diabetes

NPR ran a story recently about the costs of diabetes.  Every person with diabetes represents a significant financial burden that society has to bear, whether or not you believe in socialized health care.  Currently, treating diabetes costs every American $1,000 a year, whether or not you have the disease.

What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why you shouldn't get the flu shot this year

I don't recall if I've ranted on here about my opinions on flu shots.  I was telling someone recently that they make those things the year before based on what they think the prevailing strain will be, though, and just like Fate wanted to prove me right, there's this headline today:

CDC says flu shots may not be good match for 2014-15 virus

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wellness programs struggle with the definition of voluntary

Does your employer offer a wellness program?  These are a fairly new thing that cropped up with the Affordable Care Act, where the employers can offer financial incentives to participate in a program that monitors your health.  The idea is that healthier people cost less in medical expenses, so some of the savings can be passed on to them.

The catch: Wellness programs are supposed to be entirely voluntary, which means they can't require you to get the health screenings.  And they aren't supposed to penalize you for not doing so.

Friday, November 28, 2014

What, exactly, DOES constitute a vitamin D deficiency?

A few years ago, my doctor's office had me tested for vitamin D.  They were testing everyone, they said -- apparently it had become the thing to do.  My labs showed my vitamin D was over the minimum, but only just barely, so they wanted me to take a supplement.

I ignored that.  I am not a big believer in supplements.

Fast forward to just a few days ago, when I saw a story on NPR about vitamin D... which, ultimately, made me feel very justified for having ignored the ultra-serious recommendation that I needed a supplement.